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Can I split the direct wire to dishwasher to handle a garbage disposal as well?

I've just plumbed in a new garbage disposal unit under my sink. The plumbing appears to be fine - nothing is leaking so far. Now I need to wire it in. It's next to a dishwasher, but the dish-washer ...
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How to re-anchor banister to plaster wall?

So the banister holders are in plaster, and it's pretty crumbly. We removed the wooden rail, but the anchors are in no way attached to the wall soundly. How can I make this secure again?
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Can a toilet on concrete slab be moved about 4 1/2 inches?

My toilet is situated such that it doesn't allow much room to get in and out of the shower. I'd like to move it back to the wall as close as possible, to allow more space. The toilet is on concrete ...
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What is the cheapest way to brighten a basement workshop?

I have a bare concrete block unfinished basement. I have zero moisture problems (it's a 2007 construction with exterior waterproofing applied to the concrete along with a buried perimeter drain). ...
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When building drywalls with suspended ceiling do I need wall height to actual ceiling?

I'm building classrooms in the large basement of our home; we're in Spain and have an English school we're expanding. Room to room sound insulation and resonance are the major concerns I have to ...
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Does anyone recognize this door part?

We put up two old french doors, and at the top they each have a spring loaded metal ball that supposedly keeps the doors shut. I believe they are supposed to slide up against something when they are ...
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361 views

How do I change an AC outlet into a switched outlet using wireless technology?

I have an outlet that's live, and I want to make it switched without having to get an electrician. Suggestions?
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336 views

Low water pressure in house

My inside water pressure is very low. My outside pressure is good. I did disconnect an old water softener and just connected the input and output pipes from the softener together. I would like to ...
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Running electrical cable within dry wall

First of all, I'm a beginner. Secondly, I've a renovation started in the basement (see picture here), so I need some help. So in the bedroom, there's actually a socket already present just as you ...
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615 views

Diagnosing noisy power lines

We have a number of devices in our house that communicate via power lines (such as power line networking devices and some solar/electric metering equipment), and we've had persistent problems getting ...
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How long should I let caulking dry before exposing to water?

I am redoing my bathroom and going from a tub with shower to just a shower base and walls. The walls are fiberglass and caulking is being used to seal everything up. How long should I let everything ...
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1answer
348 views

Why might a weld be weaker than a bolt? [closed]

I've heard that bolts should be used for connections that must be secure, rather than welds. To me this seems odd; I was under the impression that the whole idea of a weld was to make the two pieces ...
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1answer
195 views

How do I remove a stair tread under linoleum without damaging the linoleum?

I'm replacing some old 1970s railing in between my kitchen and family room (there's a step down into my family room.) I ripped that out and exposed what looks like a stair tread that was ripped down ...
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Can I drywall over plaster

I live in an old house with horsehair plaster walls. One of the walls in my living room has a large crack running the length of the wall. It appeared after someone sat on the sofa with a little too ...
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How do I optimally cut a bolt to length?

Once in a while I need a bolt of exactly the right length and it is not one of the lengths available in stores. So I get a longer bolt and cut it to length. Here's the procedure I follow. I screw one ...
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0answers
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Kärcher RC 3000 alternative? [closed]

i am currently searching for an alternative to Kärcher RC 3000 robotic vacuum cleaner. The SIEMENS Sensor Cruiser has same build except the color. For me is important that the robot can clean the ...
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3answers
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How do you replace a section of cast iron drain pipe?

circa 1929, Boston The kitchen sink connects to cast iron inside the wall. Just below the connection the section of vertical cast iron pipe is rotten and leaking. A couple of feet above it ties ...
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4answers
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Could insulation around copper pipes cause condensation problems?

Should you insulate hot water pipe (copper) located in an attic? I live in Louisiana, where it rarely gets cold. The plumbers insulated the hot water pipe from the tankless water heater. Now ...
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How can I attach two pieces of wood in an invisible way?

I would like to attach a thin tree trunk to a flat smooth piece of wood, in order to create support for a very heavy shelf. Any suggestions on how to do it, while leaving a minimal outside marks? ...
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1answer
216 views

How do I even out a tile floor to properly support a dishwasher?

I'm remodeling my kitchen and I have tiles under the dishwasher. Unfortunately the transition between tiles is not even and 2 tiles are lapping EXACTLY where the dishwasher back wheel is. This makes ...
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1answer
9k views

How can I repair deteriorating concrete walls?

Our garage is about 80 years old and made of steel-reinforced concrete. The inspector deemed it structurally sound, but cosmetically the interior is a mess. The concrete has come loose (it is old ...
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1answer
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What tack like options are stronger then blu tack?

I want to use something stronger then blu tack as a non permanent option to secure things, such as christmas lights, paintings, small mirrors etc. I mean non permanent in the sense that it does not ...
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2answers
3k views

How do I troubleshoot an electric furnace?

I have a Coleman 3300-9051 electric furnace w/AC. The blower continually runs. Where do I find a repair manual and/or what could be the problem. How do I test it.
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1answer
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How do I install a pre-hung door in a thick exterior wall?

I live in an old DC rowhouse; it was built in 1908. I'd like to replace the house's two slab-hung exterior doors with newer pre-hung models with full-length lites to increase the natural light and to ...
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2answers
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Can I perform a large ceiling drywall repair myself?

A leaky roof caused water damage to an area of the ceiling approximately 3' x 4'. The ceiling also has a nearby crack that seems to follow a joint, bringing the total affected area to about 5' x 8'. ...
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3answers
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Advice for replacement/repair of an HVAC with a cracked heat exchanger?

My townhouse has a downflow 1994 Rheem 2.5 ton HVAC unit on its roof (combines both A/C and heat). We have had two issues with the unit and have been in the townhouse for a little under two years. In ...
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424 views

How to hide light-colored wires in a dark-colored cabinet?

I'm installing some LED lights in a particle-board cabinet. The cabinet's walls have dark-colored veneers (nearly black), while the wires to the LEDs are beige, and would stand out quite prominently. ...
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Finishing drywall: How do I finish over screws that refuse to recess/dimple into the drywall?

Update 10/30/2012: See comment I left under gregmac's answer I just finished installing QuietRock 525 over existing walls. Half a sheet of 525 is heavy backer board and I am thinking that's the ...
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1answer
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How can I build a porch enclosure?

I'm looking to take on this project myself, I want to enclose my porch. It's roughly 2x5 metres, and 8 feet high and is part of a semi detached where the porch continues on the other side to my ...
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3answers
350 views

Wind Mitigation

I live in Jacksonville, FL and my insurance premium went up by about $500/yr. I was told that the biggest reason was because my house isn't up to current code for hurricane/wind mitigation. I'm a ...
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4answers
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How can I remove this old tub drain stopper?

My girlfriend recently moved into a house that was built in the early 1940s. Most of the house is in great condition, but, of course, there are a few items here and there that need fixing. The tub ...
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5answers
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How can I sound proof bathroom walls?

I'm trying to figure out the best, least intrusive way of sound proofing the walls of a bathroom. The bathroom shares a wall with my bedroom, and my 3 yea old's bedroom. The main problem is the sound ...
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1answer
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Why won't my dimmer dim CFL Lights?

My dinning room had an on/off switch for the light which made it impossible to have romantic dinners there - the light was either too bright or off. So I decided to install a dimmer. Being energy ...
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4answers
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How do I unscrew a broken aerator?

My bathroom faucet was spewing water at odd angles. The aerator was obviously old and plagued with mineral deposits. So I attempted to remove the aerator to clean/replace it. With WD-40 and vice ...
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2answers
924 views

How do I repair a split in trim boards?

I removed the quarter round and two trim boards to install a new hardwood floor. I partially split one of the larger (lower) trim boards. The split is about 24" long. The wood is 12" wide birdseye ...
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3answers
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How can I reclaim heat from an enclosed furnace room?

Our home has two furnaces (oil fired hot air) and an electric water heater in an enclosed room (approx 6'6" x 9'). Three walls of the room divide it from the remainder of a finished basement, the ...
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1answer
680 views

What would cause the bottom half of a radiator cool down after heating up?

I have a one pipe system and just had a new Vertex vertical radiator fitted. It's the last radiator in the circuit. The radiator I had replaced for the vertical radiator worked like a dream for the ...
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2answers
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Is a brad nail gun suitable for attaching pickets to a fence?

I have a large fencing project and I'm thinking about purchasing this nail gun: RIDGID 2-1/8 in. 18-Gauge Brad Nailer: Would this be suitable for attaching pickets to the rails, or is there a ...
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2answers
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Installing a ceiling fan into a socket with 3 wires jammed into the socket

I recently purchased a ceiling fan thinking it would be a fun DIY project but when I went to install it, I came across many problems. I have attached a photo of my ceiling fan socket on the ceiling ...
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1answer
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Will 1/4" drywall with 2x4 studs hold a TV wall mount securely?

I want to install a flat screen TV wall mount (full motion kind) into 1/4' drywall with 2x4 studs. There will be 4 attachment points, to studs 24" apart. Total weight of the wall mount and the TV will ...
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1answer
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When is it generally safe/acceptable to use a wire nut?

Can someone please clarify for me when exactly it's safe/acceptable to use wire nuts? Regional building codes withstanding, I think the general rules of thumb are: Only use wire nuts in ...
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4answers
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What are some tips for working with inaccessible power receptacles?

When a power receptacle is blocked by large or unwieldy furniture, but there is a small amount of clearance available, what are some good techniques for plugging in? I'm looking for ways to solve ...
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8answers
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How can I stop my washing machine drain from overflowing?

When my washing machine drains it sometimes comes up and out of the open pvc pipe in the service closet where the water heater would drain. I've found lots of posts where people speak of the washer ...
2
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0answers
553 views

How can I find wide diameter clear tubes at a cheap price? [closed]

I am trying to build a series of tubes for my pet rat to run around the apartment in. But I need for the tubes to be at least 3'' in diameter, preferably 4'' and I need them to be clear so I can find ...
7
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2answers
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Why would turning on one breaker trip another?

Before rearranging the main living room, I replaced two 15A outlets that were previously hidden. (The new outlets are the kind that are hard for kids to jam things into.) After doing this I ...
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2answers
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What's the best way to shore up a ceiling register that is loose?

I have a few ceiling registers which are not flush with the ceiling since the duct has loosened over time. What's the best way to get them flush with the ceiling? I thought about driving several ...
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4answers
5k views

Should I remove vinyl flooring before laying down hardwood?

I'm putting hardwood floors in my kitchen and living room, which next to each other. The kitchen has vinyl flooring, so it is slightly higher than the living room, which has carpet on subfloor. I ...
2
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1answer
928 views

What are pros/cons of skylight placement?

I have a vaulted ceiling in my living/kitchen area where I'd like to install skylights. The designer I spoke to suggested two 2'x 4' skylights in the north facing living room, but she didn't seem to ...
4
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3answers
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Renovating interior stone basement walls

We have a 100 year old house, and I would like to finish the basement but leave the stone walls exposed. I believe the stone can look great, but the mortar needs some work, and I am mostly focused on ...
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2answers
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Why are almost all of my house's HVAC floor registers placed near exterior windows?

My current house is a single story built over a crawlspace and all the HVAC registers are in the floor. In all of the larger rooms, at least one (and usually more) register was placed near an exterior ...

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